Steven Spalding is a Senior Consultant with KMK Consulting. His 30 years of experience includes leadership roles in developing research parks and bio-incubators; as well as strategic and physical planning initiatives for chambers of commerce and local governments.
During 2010, Spalding was part of a strategic planning assessment led by KMK Consulting for a 16-county regional economic development organization in Florida. In 2009, Spalding worked with KMK Consulting and a multidisciplinary team on a business strategy for converting the 150 acre Nebraska State Fairgrounds into a live-work-play “Innovation Campus” -- leading an assessment of demand drivers within the region’s technology companies. In 2008 he co-led a KMK Consulting study of demand for additional technology commercialization services focused on the alternative energy sector in the Cincinnati – Dayton market. Similar projects with an industrial site focus have included a plan for redeveloping the 1400 acre Park Hill Industrial Corridor in Louisville (in collaboration with Economic Research Associates and EDAW).
Since 2007, Spalding has provided association management services on a contract basis to the Kentucky Agricultural Council (KAC), following his work on a new strategic plan to guide Kentucky agriculture in the post-Tobacco Settlement era. During 2010 he led an in-depth feasibility study to determine the optimal structure, professional staffing and funding needed to support the KAC’s membership on a permanent basis.
From 1997 through 2006, Spalding was President & CEO of the Louisville Medical Center Development Corporation (now known as NUCLEUS) -- founded to develop the region’s emerging health science industry cluster by building on the assets of the University of Louisville, while leveraging Louisville’s strength as one of the country’s top centers of for-profit healthcare excellence. While at LMCDC’s helm, Mr. Spalding secured over $16 million in government grants and oversaw development of a five city-block research and business park.
Previously, as a senior executive at the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Spalding led highly acclaimed strategic planning efforts credited with transforming Louisville into a “hot spot” of the New Economy by intensively focusing on its healthcare/life science and distribution/logistics clusters; and by building the community’s entrepreneurial infrastructure. At the Chamber, Spalding was instrumental in fostering inter-agency economic development coordination, staffing a council of private sector and government economic development, workforce and tourism agencies. He had budgetary oversight for some $10 million in initiatives funded by the private sector, helped launch a new Comprehensive Land Use Plan for the County; and provided leadership for a regional Coordinated Capital Investment Strategy that included all major utilities, public works and regional planning entities.
Mr. Spalding began his professional career in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was co-author of The City of Philadelphia: An Urban Strategy, a strategic plan to coordinate the community’s federally-funded investments. He obtained a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Geography from Antioch College. Spalding, who speaks conversational French, is a native of Louisville, Kentucky.